There are few traditions more beloved than the gathering of family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. The holiday table is a place of friendship, love and memories; and the decorating of the setting is just as special for many. From the heirloom china, brought out only once a year; to the seasonal centerpieces illuminated by candlelight – there is nothing quite so warm and inviting as the Thanksgiving table.
The cornucopia is an iconic element of Thanksgiving décor. Although it is most closely related to the holiday here in America, the cornucopia, or “horn of plenty” actually dates back as far as 5 B.C. and Greek and Roman mythology. It is said that legend claimed the cornucopia provided an endless source of food and drink, never ceasing. While it has always represented prosperity and abundance, it most likely became a symbol for gratitude in its usage during European autumn festivals, which celebrate the copious yield of the annual harvest. Because the cornucopias were widely used at these feasts, overflowing with fruits, nuts and grains, the Pilgrims were probably familiar with the tradition and brought it with them to the new world.
In our Thanksgiving displays the horn of plenty is more apt to showcase an abundance of flowers than food; the rich colors of the autumn floral choices make for a stunning centerpiece. Schaaf Floral’s Autumn Cornucopia features lilies, daisies and carnations; then adds in unique fall accents including eucalyptus, lotus pods and fall leaves. Add a few apples, cattails, and miniature corn and you have a true fall celebration of plenty.
Schaaf Floral invites you to choose one of our four seasonal cornucopia centerpieces or to come into our Minneapolis florist to discuss your own creation. There is one thing for sure; when this beautiful arrangement is placed in the middle of your Thanksgiving dinner table, your holiday is sure to be just a little more traditional, historic – and colorful. Happy Thanksgiving from Schaaf Floral.